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Xbox 360

I have joined the growing ranks of the general public that has gotten their mitts on the 360 at my local Wal-Marts, here are my impressions:

The first time I got to see the 360, was when they were having problems with the wireless and whatever, so I only got to hold the controller and look at the system. While I was disappointed I didn't get to play, it was awesome to hold the contoller.

Encounter #2 went a lot better than the first, I actually got to play. I was surprised no one was crowding around the system when I walked up. There were kids playing all the other systems, just not the 360...So I walked right up and started Call of Duty 2. Of course the second I walked over there I was flanked by little kids, so I knew I wouldn't be able to play for long. My first impression was that I was NOT impressed. The graphics looked only slightly better than current-gen Xbox games with several minor graphical touches. Another thing to note was that Wal-Mart placed the TV like 8 feet high and the controller stuck only like 5 inches out, so it was possibly the least comfortable position to play a game. After about 3 minutes, I felt bad that the little kids weren't playing so I handed it over. Even though I was kinda disaapointed, I was still ravenous for more.

Encounter 3-4: This was the best of my experiences. While the stupid set up of the TV was the same, there was no one around to bother me. This time I got to play Kameo and King Kong as well as some more CoD 2. Call of Duty looked much much better this time, which leads me to believe the other one wasn't set up right. While it was a fun few minutes, I still wasn't blown away...but I'm not much for WWII games.
I wish there was a way to skip the intro in Kameo, because by the time I got thru it, I had kinda lost interest and wanted to get back to King Kong (keep reading). It wasn't great, the control scheme was really odd to me...but I liked it. It reminded me of the platformers from the N64 days. Good, not great.
Now comes the excitement..King Kong. I was floored by the graphics of this game. The gameplay was kinda odd, since I had no idea what the buttons did, but it was still a blast to beat up a T-Rex. I played that demo several times, and Rachel played it a few as well. The scene where you play as the human wasn't as great, but only because I couldn't figure out the controls. This is a game I'm going to buy. While I am interested in the movie, the game never really piqued my interest. But after playing it, it's all I could think about.

In summation, I've played the 360 at 2 different locations, and I'll be going back to play it at the first place. I want one even more now...

My First "Blog" Entry in the New GameSpot

I wish they would change it back to journals because I don't like saying 'blog'.
Anyways, I figured since the forums are back up I'd put up a new journal entry to commemorate the event. After being away from the forums for so long coming back was kinda weird. I think I'm gonna try to spend a lot less time here...at least for awhile...because I can't deal w/ the topics complaining about the new site layout and such. Once things aren't 'new' anymore I may make more normal appearances in things other than UCBs.
Now that I'm used to the site, I am in love with it. Since I use tv.com and mp3.com on a semi-regular basis it wasn't a huge switch...but now I've found my way around pretty well.
Anyways, nothin else much to report. School has engulfed my life even more so...and TiVo is one of the greatest inventions EVER. Oh, also I think I'm getting another tattoo soon so I'll post pics of that (and my other tattoos) sometime after I get it.
Hopefully I'll get a chance to catch up with some of my good friends here soon. Take care, everyone

Well, I'm back

We made it home...but I can't really say I'm glad to be back. I only have 3 days of class now and it's going to be a looooooooooooong week...I can tell already.
Both Rachel and I should have links for some pics up soon, so I'll post that when the time comes.
EDIT: PICS!!

I just wanted to thank everyone that wished me a happy birthday. It was the best birthday I can remember.

Birthday/Vacation

Hi everyone,
Just writing to let you know that the 23rd (tomorrow) is my birthday and to celebrate my parents are taking my girlfriend, Rachel, and I to St. Simon's Island, Georgia. My mom's side of the family used to go there every year but we stopped when I was about 15...so it's been awhile since we've gone.
I'll be back Monday night.
Have a good weekend!

-Andy

mp3.com

I'm not sure how many GSers actually go to mp3.com, but it's actually a damn cool site. It's kinda surprisingly the extent of their database...but it's also kinda weird when they DON'T have certain things (like Charles Bronson isn't in there at all).
I just spent like the last 2 hours adding stuff to my collection and I'm only on "L" in my iTunes...and so far I've only done full albums off my computer. I still have an assload of CDs not on my comp, and also my records.
Anyways, I suggest you guys check it out. If you're interested I'll post my profile from there.

http://www.mp3.com/users/spazzx625/summary.php

edit: i'm up to S for computer files

Physics class is killing me...

I really really enjoy physics. The stuff that we do is way hard but its really cool (in my opinion) and I haven't had a problem with it before...but things are just stacking up on me.
I have 4 different things due on Monday...ALL for this one class. May not seem so bad, but I got one thing (the smallest of the 4) done today and it took me almost 2 hours. Compile that with calculus homework and statics (which is basically more physics) and that makes for one sad Andy...

BAADASSSSS! is an awesome movie

Review

Now, I'm sure that none of you have heard of this movie, but please hear me out.
I don't really know how to talk about this movie any better than Roger Ebert, so I suggest reading his review and coming to your own assumptions.
I got this movie on a whim from Netflix and just got done watching it. It is a great freakin film. It's beautiful in so many ways, yet also rough. Mario Van Peebles plays his father, and the movie revolves around his father making an independant film. Not only was Melvin Van Peebles' film groundbreaking black cinema, but it paved the way for nearly all black cinema forthcoming.

Please, PLEASE...give this movie a chance. I watch a lot of movies and this one took me by surprise and is a movie I'm gonna watch again.

I definitely give it a 9.5/10

EDIT: I know I missed a golden opportunity for a pun in the title, but I knowingly passed

I have the internet at the moment...

I'm back on my computer...my internet seems to be working okay, even though on getting a total poo rate. So we'll see if it lasts...

I had my first day back at school. Nothin special. Physics is gonna be pretty rough, but nothin I can't handle...and statics (engineering stuff) shouldn't be too bad. Hopefully I won't end up with my foot in my mouth later...

Well, I'm officially without internet for a week...

My dad and I have been having some computer/networking problems lately. A local place wasn't able to help and now Geek Squad is really screwing us over too. Long story short, I don't have the internet...and won't until at least the 6th.

I'm on my dad's comp now, and I'll be able to get on here and at school, but I won't be on my normal 22.5 hours a day :roll:

On a side note, I start school tomorrow. I'm actually pretty excited, but I'm sure that excitement will disappear right around 2 minutes into my first class.

Anyways, I'll try to be on as much as possible...

Ringu

First off, let me start by saying that I bought The Ring when it came out on DVD, watched it, hated it, sold it. Now, with that out of the way, let me say that I love Japanese movies, and horror is my favorite genre. Ringu is everything The Ring is, and more. It's much better acted and scripted. At the end of The Ring, I had no idea what the hell happened. I'm not sure if I just wasn't paying attention or if it was unclear to more people, but it definitely didn't help me like the movie. Ringu makes sure that you figure it out along with the main character.
Also, the little boy has a very minimal role in Ringu, which is a good thing, in my opinion. There were a few scenes that didn't make me jump but startled me...and there were plenty of tense moments...even though I knew the plot.
The way I see it, if a movie can be even more enjoyable when you already know everything that happens...something is wrong. Anyone that has seen The Ring, whether you liked it or hated it, I would suggest seeing Ringu. While it isn't great, it's still pretty damn fun.
On a scale from 1-10, I'm gonna give it a 8 overall.